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Our garden has always had lots of swallows but none ever nested until last year. With plenty of outbuildings on our farm, they chose instead to build their nest right above the front door where...

Change: it’s what made the present so different from the past and will make the future quite unlike the world we know today. Whether we like it or not, some changes are either unavoidable or...

Sue Parker reconsiders the term ‘weed’

The Mediterranean isn’t just a sea or a region; it’s also a biome - an area defined by its climate and the communities of plants and animals that live...

Sue Parker ponders the prospects of endangered species at Ria Formosa Nature Reserve

In the seemingly endless battle between people anxious to preserve the best of the Algarve’s natural...

January is the month when we make new resolutions to change our habits and take on new challenges. So, there is no better time to decide to change the way we live by investing in and helping our...

Sue Parker pays homage to an intrepid traveller now settled in the Algarve

Even stubborn stay-at-homes make a special effort, sometimes travelling great distances and braving the worst...

Sue Parker meets magpies – two with bad eating habits; the third seriously bad eating

In my youth in South Wales, I was aware of the widely-held belief that magpies were bad omens, portents...

Wild Orchids of the Algarve – how, when and where to find them by Sue Parker (First Nature)

ISBN: 978-0-9560544-8-7; Hardback binding; RRP £18.50/€25

Despite its small geographical...

Sue Parker meets down-to-earth allies in the battle against invading hordes

Pity the pine on poor pasture, where poisons impoverished the earth or clear felling killed the soil-dwelling...

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